Ryder Cup stars hit pay dirt after long wait for victories

    Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer celebrates his first tournament victory since November 2011.

    Story highlights

    • Martin Kaymer posts his first victory of 2012 in his final event of the season
    • German wins $1.25 million first prize at Nedbank Challenge in South Africa
    • Fellow Ryder Cup winner Graeme McDowell wins $1.2 million at World Challenge
    • McDowell upstages host Tiger Woods to claim his first win since 2010
    Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell tasted team success at September's Ryder Cup, but the former major winners have had to wait a long time for individual glory this year.
    That ended on Sunday as former world No. 1 Kaymer clinched his first tournament win since November 2011 and McDowell posted his first victory since 2010 in another exhibition tournament.
    "I'm very happy to finally win this year, that was the most important thing for me because I was practicing very hard," Kaymer said after landing the $1.25 million first prize at the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
    "I played very well the last few weeks and months, but it just did not happen for me on the golf course."
    The German finished two shots clear of South Africa's 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel in a 12-man field that also included 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and former world No. 1 Lee Westwood.